Fishing report Steve Waters Fort Lauderdale,FL,USA
This week’s thunderstorms and strong winds dirtied a lot of the areas at the south end of the lake that had been clearing, which means most bass anglers will be concentrated in the parts of Winnie’s Cove, Pelican Bay, the Monkey Box and Moonshine Bay that still have clean water. The bass were biting topwater plugs, stick worms, jerkbaits, crawdads and spinnerbaits. Bluegills were biting in Harney Pond Canal, Indian Prairie Canal and the Kissimmee River. The lake level was 13.98 feet.
Bass were biting stick worms and jerkbaits in the north canal at Sawgrass Recreation Park, especially where water was coming off the flats. Fishing was tougher at Everglades Holiday Park, where bass have not been as concentrated. Small fish were biting along Alligator Alley. Stan and Michelle Price of Illinois caught 19 largemouth bass, including a 5-pounder for Michelle, and two peacock bass, in Lake Eden using Zoom Flukes, Gambler Aces and Rat-L-Traps Wednesday morning.
Capt. Bob LeMay said sea trout were biting bucktail jigs on the falling tide in 4-10 feet along the Gulf coast. Cobia and permit were biting around Gulf wrecks. Trout, snook and redfish were in Whitewater Bay. Snook, redfish, trout and sharks were on grass flats to the east of Flamingo.
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Kingfish, cobia, snapper and assorted blue runners and triggerfish were biting in 80-150 feet off Manalapan on Thursday. Capt. Al Sitnick of Suddenly guided Steve Gordon of Palm Beach to a dolphin, a sailfish, a kingfish and a yellowtail snapper live-baiting in 80-135 feet off Boynton Beach Inlet. Fishing off Fort Lauderdale and Miami has been so-so.
Fishing has been slow all over. Juno Beach Pier had only croakers and a few Spanish mackerel. Pompano Beach Pier had mangrove snapper and hogfish. Anglin’s Pier in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea had a few snapper at night and a few moonfish and barracuda during the day. Dania Beach Pier had a couple of jacks.
Fishing for dolphin has been very good throughout the Keys. Some charter boats out of Bud N’ Mary’s Marina in Islamorada have been catching a dozen or so slammers up to 40 pounds per trip, along with several dozen gaffers. A few big wahoo also were biting. The Sea King party boat of Marathon, which starts running day and night trips today, had some black grouper up to 40 pounds along with some yellowtail and mutton snapper. Tarpon have been plentiful around the bridges and in the backcountry.
— Steve Waters